Thursday, June 24, 2010

Knitting, Crocheting, WIPs, UFOs, and On The List

So, it's no secret I'm a crafty eccentric. I knit. I crochet. I sew (by hand only, mostly because I don't have a machine but also because I can and I somehow think it's an art that's primarily been lost and should be preserved). I embroider and cross stitch and do needlepoint. I've even been known to make hooked rugs. I also cook and paint and garden and create in a variety of ways that most of my friends and acquaintances are only peripherally aware of.

Like nearly everyone else I know, I've got a ton of things going on. I have stash (yarn, fabric, thread, canvas). I have tools. I have books and magazines and free .pdf's printed out from various Web sites. I've even got various Web sites bookmarked. These are for the lists of, "Oh, I'd LOVE to make that!" items that everyone has.

I'm preparing this weekend for my annual culling of the stash, where I fish through and find things that are either "What was I thinking?" level or "I'll never get to that" level. They get priced, packaged, and sent to my LYS, where they're sold, and I get store credit. This year I'm going through the WIPs and UFOs too, to see what needs to be frogged and reassigned, or frogged and sent to the LYS. I'm sure there's a thing or two. And a couple I should finish.

In fact, there are many things I should finish. So here are my questions on this one for my crafty readers (the rest of y'all just won't get it):

  1. Are you one of those people who only has one project going at a time, and finishes that before starting something new?
  2. Do you have a time limit on WIPs before they get shifted in your mind to UFOs?
  3. Do you have a list of things you want to start? How do you prioritize that list? (Thank you to my favorite on-line yarn shop for the idea for that question.)
  4. Do you get the yarn/supplies (buttons, needles, hooks, beads, etc.) for those On The List items when they hit the list, or do you wait until you're ready to start work?
Perhaps my next post will look at some of my WIPs. Or my FOs. Then maybe some of my On The List items.


  1. Multiple projects going at one time.
    No time limit, I think it just decides itself when I fail to go back to it.
    I have a list on my blog. Don't always keep to it though.
    I usually have the items on hand long before I get around to the project. And lots of times the yarn gets shifted to some other project.

  2. I keep putting the WIPs and UFOs into places I think will keep them in the front of my mind, only to find that I forget about them when hit with a bad case of Startitis.